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  • Principal Investigator 
Zubaer Hossain
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
zubaer@udel.edu, (302) 831 0900 (Office), 229 Spencer Lab
Dr. Hossain joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at the University of Delaware as an Assistant Professor in September 2015. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 2011. He then served as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology from 2011 to 2015. He also worked as a Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University from 2014 to 2015 and as a Visiting Scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2012. Prior to pursuing his doctoral studies, he was a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), where he completed his M.Sc.Engg. and B.Sc.Engg. degrees in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests involve understanding the mechanics and physics of heterogeneous materials with applications in composites, nanoelectronics, photovoltaics, and thermoelectrics.

  • Graduate Students
Joe Zhang
Master's Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
zhangzc@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Joe joined the group in Fall 2017. His research involves understanding effective toughness anisotropy in polycrystalline media at the atomic scale.

Ling Ma
Master's Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
lynnma@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Ling joined the group in Fall 2017. Her thesis research involves understanding effective mechanical properties in defective high-temperature carbide nanowires. 

Fazle Elahi
PhD student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
fazle@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Fazle joined the PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware in Fall 2016. His research involves engineering effective structural properties of heterogeneous carbides. He received a Doctoral Fellowship in 2019 from the College of Engineering at UD.

Tousif Ahmed
PhD student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
tousif@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer LabTousif joined the PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware in Fall 2016. His research involves engineering deflection-penetration criteria by exploiting heterogeneity at multiple scales. He received the 2019 Progress Award from the Center for Composite Materials at UD.

  • Undergraduate Students
Millie Ayako
UD Fall/Spring/Summer Scholar, Department of Physics
millieayako16@gmail.com, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Millie studies electronics states in alloy quantum dots. She has been selected as a recipient of 2019 UD Summer Scholarship for outstanding academic record and research plans.

Lexi Anderson
UD Spring/Summer Scholar, Department of Biomedical Engineering
lexander@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab

Lexi is interested in understanding molecular basis of osteoporosis. She has been selected as a recipient of 2019 UD Summer Scholarship for outstanding academic record and research plans.

Sama Tima
UD Spring Researcher, Department of  Mechanical Engineering
samatima@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Sama is interested in understanding defects in polycrystalline materials. 

Benjamin Silverman
UD Summer Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering
bsilver@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Ben's research involves developing heterogeneous thin-films. Ben received the Outstanding Junior Award from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UD in 2018. 

Colin McDermitt
UD Summer Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering
colinmcd@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Colin explores the mechanistic design of lightweight nanocomposites.

Shane Brown
UD Winter/Summer Scholar, Department of Physics
shane@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Shanes research involves quantum calculations of electronic states in solids. He has been selected as a recipient of 2019 UD Energy Fellowship for outstanding academic record and research plans.

Benjamin Halleran
UD Spring Researcher, Department of Mechanical Engineering
bcoldenh@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer LabBen's research involves understanding quantum mechanical basis of toughness anitorsppy in solids.

Timothy Hoff
UD Spring ResearcherDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
thoff@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Tim's research involves exploring crystallography induced anisotropy in 2D materials. 

Adrian Piel
UD Winter/Summer Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering
apiel@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Adrian is designing an experimental setup for studying fracture in heterogeneous materials. He has been selected as a recipient of 2019 UD Summer Scholarship for outstanding academic record and research plans.


K-12 Interns (Summer 2019)

Justin Xu, Charter School of Wilmington, xu.justin@charterschool.org 
Edward Myers, Salesianum High School, edward.myers@salesianum.org 
Jackson Muller, Avon Grove High School, 13jmuller@gmail.com



Alumni


[K-12, Summer 2018] Max Bischoff, Charter School of Wilmington, maxwellbischoff@gmail.com. Max studied surface chemistry of quantum dots.

[K-12, Summer 2018] Justin Rheinstadter, Garnet Valley High School, justin.rheinstadter@gmail.com, Justin studied mechanics of nanostructured thermoelectric materials. Currently he is pursuing a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering at Penn State.

[K-12, Summer 2018] Sarah Ho, sarahmho25@gmail.com. Sarah worked at UDzLAB in Summer 2018 as a K-12 Summer Student. She worked on computational modeling of van der Waals heterostructures. She is currently a mechanical engineering student at UPenn. 

[UG, 2018] Christopher Blackwell, cbwell@udel.edu. Chris worked at UDzLAB from Summer 2017 to Fall 2018. He was a Summer Scholar and received the NASA space grant tuiotion fellowship in 2018. His research involved understanding deflection at the atomic scale. 

[UG, 2018] Allison Procakaprocak@udel.edu, Alison spent one summer as a Undergraduate Summer Fellow at the lab. She explored nanomechanics of failure in van der waals heterostructures. 

[UG, 2018] Shawn Egan, smegan@udel.edu. Shawn worked at UDzLAB in Summer 2018 as a Summer Scholar. His work involved studying quantum confinement in alloy quantum dots.

[UG, 2017-2018] Tianyi Weng, wengtian@udel.edu. Tianyi worked at UDzLAB as a Summer Scholar in Summer 2018. Her research involved creating atomic structures of alloy quantum dots. Tianyi is currently at the Johns Hopkins University.

[UG, 2017] Christopher Pasquale, chrispas@udel.edu. Chris spent the summer of 2017 at UDzLAB as a UD Undergraduate Summer Researcher. He studied the implication of stress on phonons in solids.

[UG, 2017] Justice Calderon, juscal@udel.eduJustice spent a summer of 2017 at UDzLAB as a UD Undergraduate Summer Researcher. His research involved creating 2D heterostructures.

[MS, 2019] Jinye Liu, jinye@udel.edu. Jinye completed his Master's thesis on 'computational modeling of quantum confinement in alloy quantum dot-substrate heterostructures' in December 2018. Jinye'sTHESIS.

[MS, 2018] Tengyuan Hao, hty@udel.edu. Tengyuan is now at FuYao Glass. He worked at UDzLAB from Winter-2016 to Fall-2017. In his Master's thesis, he developed a multiscale understanding of effective toughness in carbon nanotube reinforced glass. Hao'sTHESIS.

[MS, 2017] Venkateswaran Santhanam, venkat@udel.eduVenkat is now at Gore. He worked at UDzLAB from Summer-2016 to Summer-2017. In his Master's thesis, he developed an understanding of anisotropic fracture-toughness in graphene. Venkat'sTHESIS.